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Thursday, September 14, 2000


Cayetano, Bonaparte have much in common

Governor Cayetano's failure to reappoint Mililani Trask and Rowena Akana to a mere 57-day interim period on the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board is clear evidence that he is unable to make appointments based on anything other than character assessments.

Well, my character assessment of Cayetano is that, as a governor, his actions have proven he has much more in common with Napoleon than I realized when I voted for him.

Leilani Lee

Administration is unfair to Hawaiians

I am enraged by Governor Cayetano's reappointment of Clayton Hee to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board. Hee, a longtime friend of Freddy Rice, certainly has the right connections in this state. Cayetano reappointed him as another ace-in-the-hole, not unlike his appointment of Earl Anzai as attorney general.

In defending Hawaiian rights in Rice vs. Cayetano, the arguments of state attorneys were pitiful at best. And this was before an already stacked deck at the U.S. Supreme Court, first with Justice Scalia asking if this decision had anything to do with Native American casinos and, laughably, Justice Thomas sleeping for the first 20 minutes, then waking up and picking his nose.

It's only a matter of time before the $300 million-plus that OHA has set aside will be milked by Cayetano and the Democratic Party machine. Does anyone wonder why Hawaiians are so angry?

I take comfort in knowing that history will regard Governor Cayetano and the corrupt Democratic Party of Hawaii as traitors and thieves, and nothing more.

Scott Foulk



"It was an obscene word to describe an obscene man, namely the governor, who committed an obscene act."
Haunani-Kay Trask
On the "(Expletive) Ben" sign she held on Beretania Street to protest Cayetano's appointment of interim trustees to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs board, including one who replaced her sister, Mililani

"The governor brings out the worst in people."
Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell
Who said that while the use of obscenities isn't becoming, he can understand Trask's frustration with Cayetano

Flap over endorsement makes SHOPO look silly

I agree with James Watkins' Sept. 9 letter in which he calls for Alex Garcia, Oahu chapter chairman of the SHOPO police union, and other board members to resign for not endorsing Mufi Hannemann after a poll turned out almost 2-1 in his favor.

Several members of my ohana are members of the Honolulu Police Department and the police union, and the word is they may be calling for an impeachment vote to oust Garcia and those on the Oahu board who voted to renege on Hannemann's endorsement.

Their actions really make SHOPO look like the laughingstock of the union community.

J. Lee
Pearl City

UH fans lacked class in Portland State loss

What type of football fan whines and complains? Boos the quarterback? Slithers out of the stadium before the end of the third quarter? Is rude and obnoxious to those supporting the visiting team? A University of Hawaii fan.

Additionally, UH fans don't seem to know the name of their own football team. Late in the Portland State game, they lamely chanted, "Let's go, Bows," while Jim Leahey kept stumbling between "Rainbows" and "Warriors" on the TV broadcast.

With the loss to a division 1-AA team, the NCAA and UH should seriously consider downgrading the Warriors to the division where they rightfully belong.

As an end note, my wife and I enjoyed the game and look forward to a dream season for UH like in 1999. We intend to fully support any visiting team to these islands and extend to them our aloha, which is something Hawaii and UH have apparently lost.

Robert D. Dunn

Fair-weather fans are disappointment

Like thousands of other University of Hawaii football fans, I was stuck in last weekend's traffic nightmare and disappointed by the loss to Portland State.

As a rabid and lifelong fan, I had looked forward to Saturday's game -- especially since my family had buried my mom only two days earlier. A UH victory would have brought me momentary joy after two months of anguish.

However, I was more distressed by some of the reactions of fans, especially their booing and mass desertion when they knew UH would lose. Yes, they had valid reasons to complain: The stadium folks need to put more signs outside or station more people informing fans that the parking lots are full. Yes, I saw some people paying $100 to scalpers for two end zone seats. There were long lines to buy tickets and soft drinks. We all endured this to support our favorite team.

But a true fan would not boo the quarterback or the team. A true fan would return for the next home game regardless of whether UH won or lost. This is still a game played by young men. There are more important things in life than wins or losses.

Thomas Kwock

Why a grand opening when project's not done?

It's amazing how Mayor Harris manipulated the media to celebrate a "grand opening" event for his Kuhio Beach renovation plan, when it isn't even half-finished. Harris was just trying to fool taxpayers into thinking his project was on schedule and on budget.

Actually, the project will not be completed until after the Sept. 23 primary elections. But since its original scheduled dedication was timed for a campaign boost, he staged the celebration and the media bought into it, making it a newsworthy event.

Robert N. Arakawa

School playing field needs regular mowing

My daughter plays soccer at Kaneohe Elementary field. Her team and others practice there twice a week and have games every Saturday.

However, since Aug. 16 the field has been unmowed. Our first game was on Sept. 2 and the field was still not mowed by that date.

This past week, the grass was six inches high and taller in some areas. The commissioner decided to cancel the games because the field was too dangerous to play on.

To solve the problem, some of the coaches and parents brought or rented mowers so the kids could play. I want to thank them for mowing the field, and appreciate their initiative and effort.

I now ask the state to accept its responsibility by mowing and maintaining the elementary school field so our children and their families can use a public facility safely.

Debbie Jackson

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